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Miller and Shulman

In response to Miller Only Became Acting IRS Commissioner in November of 2012:

The knock against Steven Miller is that he was aware of the IRS abuses - he was briefed a year ago, when he was a deputy commissioner - but didn't say or do anything about it.  Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) said on Tuesday, "If the reports are accurate that Steven Miller knew about the IRS' egregious targeting of conservative groups last year and misled members of Congress about those actions, he should step down or be removed immediately."

From an Associated Press report on Tuesday:

On Monday, the IRS said Miller was first informed on May, 3, 2012, that applications for tax-exempt status by tea party groups were inappropriately singled out for extra scrutiny.

At least twice after the briefing, Miller wrote letters to members of Congress to explain the process of reviewing applications for tax-exempt status without disclosing that tea party groups had been targeted. On July 25, 2012, Miller testified before the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee, but again did not mention the additional scrutiny - despite being asked about it.

There are some murmurs that Obama picked him as a convenient scapegoat - as we've learned since the President's silly tough-guy performance yesterday, Miller was getting ready to leave anyway, because his appointment was only temporary.  But he does have some questions to answer about why he concealed these abuses.


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